widely-praised “Timely Topics” series at Windsor Historical
Society continues with a look at the future of food
production. The aim of this series is to put a historical
spin on issues of current concern and stimulate community
dialogue. Join us on
Wednesday, October 7 at 7
p.m. to view the documentary film The
Future of Food, produced in 2004. This will be followed
by a panel with three local agriculture experts, Dr. Rich
Cowles of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
here in Windsor, and Hannah Gant and Shannon Raider, who
began their one-acre farm business, Four Fields Farm in
Hartford this year.
much of this country’s history, food was produced locally.
Well into the twentieth century, many families kept kitchen
gardens. Larger scale farms were family-run enterprises.
Fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs were a late spring,
summer and early fall treat; root vegetables, home-canned
and preserved foods and dried herbs were staples of late
fall, winter and early spring menus. Large scale
agricultural corporations, and global economies and
distribution systems have expanded and homogenized food
choices available to consumers. The Future of Food
documentary explores how government deregulations and their
consequences have coincided with the introduction of
genetically modified grains and vegetables. Just what are
we eating and how did it get that way are questions that
guided the documentary makers.
film, Dr. Rich Cowles will give us an update on the
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and how it is
changing with the times. His own work includes finding ways
to manage insect and mite pests. Hannah Gant managed
farmers’ markets in Hartford and Shannon Raider brought nine
years of agricultural experience to the Four Field Farms
business. View the film, ask questions of the experts, and
gain insights about the quality of the food you eat and the
distribution systems that get it to your table.